I recently had TWC installed via CableCard to my TivoHD--I was a cord cutter, but I want to see the Olympics on the cable channels and online (which needs a valid cable subscription). I plan to drop the cable once the Olympics are over.
I also am using iTivo on my Mac to copy recording from the Tivo to iTunes. It works great EXCEPT for Tivo recordings marked with copy protection by the content providers. Prior to getting cable, the only copy protected items were video podcasts I was downloading via Tivo. Now, I see a LOT of copy protected programs from the cable channels.
A quick look into ways to getting around the copy protection seemed arduous and complicated (not to mention illegal), so I'm hesitant to go that way.
Is there any way to know in advance if something is going to be copy protected--that is, do certain cable networks always protect shows while others don't?
Do Bravo, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, and MSNBC (the cable channels covering the Olympics) generally copy protect their shows?
Is it likely that all non-broadcast Olympics coverage will be copy-protected?
Everything I read about broadcast programming is that little if any is copy-protected--is that correct?
I'm debating whether to drop the cable again, if I won't have the ability to save the Olympics coverage on the cable channels.
Any info would be appreciated.